Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council: A boon or a bane

Rebati Mohan Sinha

When the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) came into existence, little did our community people realize, who were holding a motor bike procession from Kumbirgram Airport to Sadhu Thakur Sevashram, Tarapur, Silchar and followed by a felicitation, that it would turned into a turmoil in the community later? Now it is clearly visible that a division is imminent in the society due to newly formed committee of Mahasabha by the rival group with the help of BMDC.

The basic ethos of Bishnupriya Manipuri community is harmony; but I would not question the right to speak or raise pertinent issue. We are cowards and prefer to just debate within the confines of our meeting only, but we never evaluate. Why do we talk about only language, radio, TV and language teacher’s enrolment issues? What about other issues like roti, kapda and makan? At the moment, Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) is not thinking of any development in the society except eying for the grant-in-aid from the State/Central Government. In my earlier articles on Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC), it was clearly mentioned that a society can not be developed merely on Government grant.

About 80% of our population live in villages. We can not make any progress until our villages are developed. The life of the villages is very hard because of bad communication. Our Govt. realized that the progress of the community was not possible without the development of our villages; therefore, plans were made to develop the villages and to improve the living condition of the poor; but BMDC is doing just the other way. It must think about Bishnupriya Manipuri people below poverty line, and not the people living in Guwahati, Silchar and other district towns.

Did BMDC ever try to find out what percentage of people living below poverty line? Where is the bylaw or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to run the council? There were plenty of questions raised in my earlier articles on BMDC; but it failed to get any response. Where is the notification of Govt. on BMDC formation with satellite areas of village councils with population? Mahasabha never wanted BMDC would be a mere fund collector and disburse as per desire of the Babus of Govt.and Chairman. People might still remember that once late Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India declared in Lal Quila on the Independence Day that villagers receiving sixteen paise as development fund out of a rupee sent from Centre, he would try to increase up to 32 paise. I do not know how much is reaching to us through BMDC. The Chairman only could tell us. Now, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) has become a bone of contention in the Bishnupriya Manipuri society.
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